Ilea Eskilden Cracks Top 10 At Crescent City Classic

Run SMART client Ilea Eskilden ran 37:51 at the Crescent City 10k in New Orleans this past weekend. She was 10th female overall in a very competitive field with over 17,000 runners.

When Ilea signed up for coaching and began working with Dr. Jack Daniels almost two years ago her 10k PR was 40:33. We’re excited to see how fast she can go.

Royce Kallerud Crushes 10k PR With Run SMART Training Plan

Royce Kallerud (pictured above) flying to victory in the Osteopathic 10k in Kirksville, MO. He finished first overall in 38:04. Back in February, Royce signed up for an 18-week marathon training plan. Since our plans allow the coach to incorporate races along the way, Royce included this 10k with a goal of 39:00. His PR for 10k when he bought the plan was 39:34 so we’re proud to say we helped him reach his goal and shave a minute and a half off his personal best.

Michelle LaSala Runs Fastest Time In Over A Decade

Run SMART client Michelle LaSala ran her fastest 5k time in over a decade at the Zoo Zoom 5k in Sacramento, CA. Michelle was the second female overall in 19:23 (6:15 per mile), almost 40 seconds faster than her time last year in the same race. Full results here.

Michelle works with Run SMART coach Vince Sherry. Nice work, guys! Sub 19:00 next?

New PRs At The Boston Marathon

We’re just starting to get results from some of our first customers who purchased the brand new Run SMART Training Plans service. Kim Bogin and Jorge Ospina both reported setting PRs at the Boston Marathon after following their personalized 18-week plans.

Jorge broke 3-hours for the first time finishing in 2:53:27, an 8-minute PR! His previous PR of 3:01 was set back in 2009 and his last marathon finish was 3:13:22. We’re thrilled we could help him make such a huge improvement from his last race.

Kim Bogin ran 3:36, a three minute PR. Afterwards Kim said, “It is the best I’ve ever felt during a marathon. The sufferfest didn’t start until mile 23 but until then I felt great. It was awesome!”

KC Cohen On The Comeback Trail

Run SMART client KC Cohen ran 45:34 (7:20 per mile) at the Scotland Run 10k last weekend in Central Park. This was KC’s first race in almost two years and her fastest 10k since July of 2008!

“KC had major ankle surgery last March so when she signed up for coaching I cut her training back to spend more time strengthening her ankle and cross training,” said her coach Brian Rosetti. “She’s showed a lot of patience and resilience coming back from a very difficult situation and it’s starting to pay off.”

Start Running, Stop Smoking

The Run SMART Project has partnered with the Scranton Running Co and their latest initiative, The Oxygen Project. The goal of the project is to help participants quit smoking through a “running-centric fitness routine, which harnesses the power of group therapy.”

Run SMART is excited to be involved in such an innovative approach to a serious problem that affects everyone. It is estimated that over 50,000 people die each year due to secondhand smoke inhalation. The Project aims to make a regular fitness routine the primary method to combat addiction, unlike most smoking cessation programs. Run SMART will provide 15-weeks of customized training for each participant.

Cathrine Wolden Runs 2:56 At Marathon Rotterdam

Cathrine Wolden set her third straight marathon PR with Run SMART this past weekend at the Marathon Rotterdam. Her time of 2:56:08, on a very sunny and windy day, was almost a two minute PR and won her 3rd place in the 35-39 age group (full results). The best part about her amazing performance was how well she paced herself. She was 20:48 at the first 5k and 20:44 for her last 5k! At the halfway mark she split 1:28:07 and came back a bit faster in 1:28:01!!

Ask A Coach: Should I Reduce My Stride Length?

Question: Jack Daniels has done some studies on premier runners and found their stride rate to be 180+ strides a minute. Is this for a particular distance race such as half and full marathons or is this for all distances from 5K and up?

I am training for a half marathon and my stride rate is at 160 strides a minute.  Should I try to reduce my stride length to achieve a higher stride rate or should I stay where I am and try something different?

Kathy Eims Sets Marathon PR

Run SMART client Kathy Eims set a new PR at the Yakima River Canyon Marathon. After fighting off a “bum plantar” over the last several weeks Kathy still managed to drop over six minutes off of her personal best. Her official time was 4:14:32 (full results). Kathy works with coach Alicia Shay.

If you’ve never heard of the Yakima River Canyon Marathon, it’s worth checking out some of the scenic views along the course. Seems like a really beautiful race.